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Attention Power Customers!

Published on 11/8/2012
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At least once each day, I pick up the phone to hear that loud announcement. I am on the “Do Not Call” list, but when you are a business owner your number is in so many places that it makes no difference. I receive this recorded call two or three times a day. I have even listened to the long, boring message so I could remove myself from their list. I selected “9” as the message advised, but that was weeks ago, and the calls have not stopped. I receive many out-of-State calls every day, so I pick up most calls when my phone rings. This particular harassing solicitor uses a different phone number each time, so my reports to the Federal Trade Commission don’t really help. I do not have time to report it every time they call so I can provide another phone number. This is only one of many recorded calls I receive daily. I know I could allow them to go to voice mail, but it takes less time to pick up the phone and hang it up as soon as I hear the recording begin than it does to dial in to pick up my voice mail messages. Because I market my name, business and phone number in so many places on the Internet, I receive a ridiculous number of calls daily. I “loved” the one from my previous phone company (who I left only a couple weeks ago) trying to sell me on their service. I tried to be polite and just say “no thanks,” but when she became downright pushy, I hung up on her. I have learned that when I pick up the phone and greet the caller, if there is a pause, it will be a recorded call. I don’t wait for them to begin speaking. I thought I was so smart when I looked at my caller ID a couple days ago before picking up the phone and saw it was coming from an 866 number. I didn’t pick it up, assuming it would be a solicitor. Nope. The voice mail message was from my doctor’s office calling with test results for which I’d been waiting. Darn. So I had to call them back and leave them another message. We cannot be sure that an 800 or 866 number is a solicitor. Since most of my true business calls come from names and numbers I do not know, using caller ID is not helpful unless it shows a business name. I have never wanted to get my own 800 number, because for a home business, I think it is impersonal. I want my prospective team members to know that I work at home. I guess I have ranted and raved long enough. If you have found an effective solution to this problem, I’d love to hear it. ****************************************** To learn about the Xpress Healthcare Business Opportunity, please visit To learn how to reduce your health and dental costs and save on hearing, vision, roadside assistance and much more, please visit
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